“When we’re looking at these things, we’re looking at things that were already made for others’ eyes. It’s almost like looking in the mirror.”
— Michael Dove
Many of the objects in the exhibit belong to categories of material things that would have been involved in local trade. And this trade would’ve affected how things were made. “When we’re looking at these things, we’re looking at things that were already made for others’ eyes. It’s almost like looking in the mirror. We’re looking, in some cases, at things made for us,” Dove said.
This complicates the way we see the world, and that, he says, is part of the over-arching objective of the exhibit. “It can show these connections, how we and very distant peoples are engaged. It can problematize our commonsense understandings of self and other, of the familiar and the different. And so help to add a voice to these discussions that began on Yale campus this past year.”
The gallery will host events throughout the year, such as speakers and musical performances, and at least one pan-Asian student organization is planning to hold their freshman orientation in the space.
The exhibit will be open through April 2017.